Hit or Miss

May 23, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow: Hit or Miss?

Tom Cruise’s new sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow looks rather awesome and I can’t wait to check it out. The action looks incredible and Emily Blunt is just gorgeous too.

Whatever your feelings may be about Tom Cruise in real life, there’s no denying that he always chooses interesting projects. He’s not quite the box office draw he once was so I’m intrigued to see if this is successful or not. I’ve always been a big fan and I was one of the few who really enjoyed Oblivion; sure it was a rip-off of several other movies but the visuals and music just transported me away which is what movies do best.


The story for Edge of Tomorrow is as follows: Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.

But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

Story-wise it does remind me a little bit of Source Code starring Jake Gyllenhaal from a couple of years ago where he plays a man who keeps repeatedly dying on a train.

Aside from that similarity, I think Edge of Tomorrow looks like the action will be insane with Cruise wearing some cool battle armour and taking out aliens in a kick ass fashion. It also has Bill Paxton playing a military dude; that sold me already. We got a decent look at the movie before the IMAX screening of Godzilla the other day and I have to say that it’s looking rather spectacular.

Early word from critics is that it’s something special and is being described as “An Inventive Delight” by Forbes with an 89% rating of Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Forbes is also saying that the movie is looking at a $25 million debut which is impressive but not really blockbuster huge. To its advantage though, there really isn’t anything out for a few weeks on either side of it until Transformers at the end of June.

The film apparently cost between $110 million to $175 million so I think internationally it should recoup its budget. Domestically it might make $85 million but with the generally positives critical reception the movie is getting, it may boost the figures.

So will it be a Hit or a Miss? I think it will be a medium sized hit; it won’t break any records but a few hundred million overall; personally I’d like it to make $300-400 million at least internationally to make its money back and dammit all, I just like Cruise.

We shall watch this movie with great interest but you must remember, what the Hell do I know? I thought Sabotage was going to be a hit… oh well, I’ll be at Moe’s.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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